Richard Branson started the new year by sharing his top happiness tips and his ambitious New Year’s resolution.

In a piece published on, Branson shared a letter he wrote for the book Dear Stranger a few years ago, explaining that happiness helped him achieve success, not the other way around. “I am successful, wealthy and connected because I am happy,” Branson wrote.

Branson shared that the common myth that going to school, getting a job, and getting married will lead you to happiness isn’t necessarily true. He wrote, “while doing will bring you moments of joy, it won’t necessarily reward you with lasting happiness.”

So how can you achieve the happiness that Branson speaks of? He recommends starting by being present in your life and living in the moment. 

Branson also shared his New Year’s resolution in a separate post on, and it’s all about getting fit. He wrote that his resolution is to:

“Get unbelievable fit so I’m ready for a trip into space. I’ll be doing lots of trekking and biking to get me into top shape. When I finished the Virgin Strive Challenge in 2016 I felt like a 25-year-old again – I hadn’t felt that good in 40 years. I’ll also be doing some centrifuge g-force training so I’m as acclimatised as I can be for the journey.”

Read more about Branson’s tips for happiness here and his New Year’s resolution here.